On Thursday night, the RGV Vipers made NBA D-League history with a win over the Austin Toros, good for the squad's ninteenth straight victory.
On Friday night, a local rival prevented Rio Grande Valley from extending such a streak any further.
Former Lakers' forward Devin Ebanks has recently emerged as one of the minor league's best players in this young season, and Friday was no different. The scrappy young gun exploded for 43 points and led the way for Texas as they secured an early and insurmountable enough lead to propel ahead with a win. The Legends withstood a 38-23 fourth quarter run by the Vipers.
Ebanks has been consistently impressive all season long, but with his (now former) running mate Chris Douglas-Roberts having been signed by the Charlotte Bobcats, even more of the scoring load seems to fall on the forward. Friday's performance proved, however, that Ebanks doesn't only not seem to mind the extra pressure, but that he thrives off of it as well.
As an NBA player, Ebanks made himself valuable by playing good defense, crashing the boards, etc. Offensively, he often tried to use his physicality to help get inside towards the hoop. A rather raw prospect, Ebanks didn't always display the most polished of skills once he got there.
But in just a few shorts weeks playing in the D-League, the young gun is displaying more facets of his offensive game. He's been putting the ball on the floor more often, and has been working to get himself varied looks at the basket.
If nothing else, his prowess from long range as of late has not only been impressive, but otherwise pleasantly surprising as well. Such a skill is not one he put on display all too often in the NBA.
While in the minor league, however, Ebanks has been making it rain from deep on his way to pouring in the points. His eight daggers from long range on Friday night simply prove that.
In doing so, the 24 year old helped Texas beat the Vipers at their own game on Friday.
Ebanks is averaging 23 points (on 45% from the field and 38% from deep) and 10.7 rebounds on the year thus far.